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donaldduck

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Do adcoms google applicants?
« on: December 18, 2005, 12:33:50 AM »
If they do, I might be screwed. 

I just googled myself, and there's a freak with a large web presence who has the same name, age, race as I do ... To make things worse, he lives in the same damn state!

I'm afraid the adcoms might think we're one and the same if they end up doing a google search on me (especially since I have a relatively unique name).

Should I send adcoms a note saying that I'm not the same guy?
I'd appreciate any advice you can give. 


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Re: Do adcoms google applicants?
« Reply #1 on: December 18, 2005, 12:51:41 AM »
I would say no. It just makes you sound crazy to send a note saying "yeah,... uhhhh... if you happen to see that "dildo construction in your garage" site.... that's sooo not me. I know, same name (ha ha) but so not me."

I don't think it would fly no matter how you say. It just points it out if they don't know.
Maybe you could e-mail the guy with your name and ask him to do something about it?

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Re: Do adcoms google applicants?
« Reply #2 on: December 18, 2005, 12:59:05 AM »
I've asked this question before, and opinions seem to vary greatly. There seems to be some anecdotal evidence that adcoms look here and LSN and perhaps elsewhere, though I think the quality of that evidence is fairly poor. There are common sense arguments against it, primarily that adcoms barely take the time to read your PS so they wouldn't bother Googling you, and that there is moral and legal jeopardy in assuming the person in the Google hits is the same person as the applicant without absolute proof.

In my situation, a Google search would turn up hundreds of hits that are unmistakably me and a Nexis search would turn up dozens more, but the certainty comes from the fact that the hits are all associated with items on my resume. In your case, the same name, race, and state is not enough to go on, no matter how unique your name is.  Besides, unless your doppelganger has done some very embarassing things, I wouldn't worry about it in any case.

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Re: Do adcoms google applicants?
« Reply #3 on: December 18, 2005, 01:17:14 AM »
I've asked this question before, and opinions seem to vary greatly. There seems to be some anecdotal evidence that adcoms look here and LSN and perhaps elsewhere, though I think the quality of that evidence is fairly poor. There are common sense arguments against it, primarily that adcoms barely take the time to read your PS so they wouldn't bother Googling you, and that there is moral and legal jeopardy in assuming the person in the Google hits is the same person as the applicant without absolute proof.

In my situation, a Google search would turn up hundreds of hits that are unmistakably me and a Nexis search would turn up dozens more, but the certainty comes from the fact that the hits are all associated with items on my resume. In your case, the same name, race, and state is not enough to go on, no matter how unique your name is.  Besides, unless your doppelganger has done some very embarassing things, I wouldn't worry about it in any case.

I googled a$$hole and only got your picture...what gives?

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Re: Do adcoms google applicants?
« Reply #4 on: December 18, 2005, 01:30:26 AM »
I googled a$$hole and only got your picture...what gives?

Perhaps your computer skills are as below average as everything else about you.

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« Reply #5 on: December 18, 2005, 01:33:06 AM »
I googled a$$hole and only got your picture...what gives?

Perhaps your computer skills are as below average as everything else about you.

doesn't explain the picture

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Re: Do adcoms google applicants?
« Reply #6 on: December 18, 2005, 10:59:04 AM »
If they do, I might be screwed. 

I just googled myself, and there's a freak with a large web presence who has the same name, age, race as I do ... To make things worse, he lives in the same damn state!

I'm afraid the adcoms might think we're one and the same if they end up doing a google search on me (especially since I have a relatively unique name).

Should I send adcoms a note saying that I'm not the same guy?
I'd appreciate any advice you can give.

Short Answers: Yes, adcomms do Google some but not most people. No, you should not send the proposed addendum.

I highly doubt that adcomms Google every applicant for two reasons: (1) It would take too much time, (2) For most people, they wouldn't find anything that they could match up to the applicant. Even people with unique names are not certain matches.

However, I do suspect that every once in a while adcomms will Google some applicants. I mean, hey, I would. But, the real time I am sure adcomms Google people is when they say something in their application that sounds fishy (or particularly interesting). For example, if you claimed to be a former president of the Red Cross, they'd probably check into that.

On a final note, why is everyone worried about being Googled? I would think some applicants on here would have blogs or websites that make them look thoughtful and intelligent.

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Re: Do adcoms google applicants?
« Reply #7 on: December 21, 2005, 07:04:05 PM »
What about Facebook/MySpace? Or is that just an UG Office of Conduct rumor? :)
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Re: Do adcoms google applicants?
« Reply #8 on: December 21, 2005, 07:10:00 PM »
I really don't think adcomms Google people, maybe by some random chance they might Google someone, like if that person were claiming to be a world-renowned expert in something and they wanted to verify it.

Anna Ivey claims that she used to jump on message boards when she was dean of admissions at Chicago, so I'm sure some of them do read this stuff. But then again, if you have a stack of 1700 files to read, how much time do you really have to drop that and go hunting around the web?

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Re: Do adcoms google applicants?
« Reply #9 on: April 12, 2006, 03:20:14 AM »
how about this??  On my resume, I put that I run my own business which basically consists of porn websites with pictures and real time video feed.  Is this something that the adcomms would go and checkout??  Also, would it be in my best interest to provide them with free login info so they can check out the stuff for free?  Would it help my chances for admission?  I could get them a discount on various products such as dildos, chaps, whips, etc. but I figured I'd wait to see if I got waitlisted so that I would have something to entice them with.
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